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Light and Good and Right and True

April 2nd, 2017 · No Comments

Ephesians 5:8-9 (New Living Translation) 8 For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! 9 For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true. One of the gifts of God to us is often called “light.” Some would […]

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Heart and Mind

April 1st, 2017 · No Comments

Ephesians 1:18 (New Living Translation) I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope he has given to those he called—his holy people who are his rich and glorious inheritance. One of the discussions Christians have is whether Christianity is about what is in the heart, […]

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Like Fools

March 26th, 2017 · No Comments

Ephesians 5:15 ) New Living Translation So be careful how you live. Don’t live like fools, but like those who are wise. This is pretty straightforward. How should I live? Like the wise, not like the fools. And the preceding verses tell me that God has given me everything I need to live like the […]

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All Wisdom and Understanding

March 25th, 2017 · No Comments

Ephesians 1:8 (New Living Translation) He (God) has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. God didn’t give me some wisdom or some understanding. Perhaps I am taking this too literally, but it seems to indicate that God has given me, and plenty of other folks, A L L wisdom and […]

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Kindness, Wisdom, Understanding

March 12th, 2017 · No Comments

Ephesians 1:3, 8 (New Living Translation) 3 All praise to God…8 He has showered his kindness on us, along with all wisdom and understanding. I find these three gifts astonishing. What else do I need to live in Christ Jesus? God didn’t just give me these things, He S H O W E R E […]

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Stop Robbing Our Sleep

February 14th, 2016 · No Comments

Ephesians 4:26-27 (New Living Translation) 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil. This is a famous passage. One paraphrase that applies strongly to me: Get over it so you can sleep at night. […]

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Awake

September 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Ephesians 5:14 (New Living Translation) “Awake, O sleeper, rise up from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” This is a call to me and all of us. Awake, get up. More importantly, get out of the rut that is sin and death. There is no need to muddle about in the darkness. This […]

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Shameful

August 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Ephesians 5:12 (New Living Translation) It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret. I am writing this the week of data dumps from the Ashley Madison hack. That was a website that people were using privately with some guarantee of privacy, a.k.a., in secret. What is the Ashley […]

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An Opportunity for Joy (?)

August 2nd, 2015 · No Comments

Ephesians 1:2-4 (New Living Translation) 2 Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. 3 For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you […]

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How to Be

March 22nd, 2015 · No Comments

Ephesians 5:1 (New Living Translation) Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. The first two words summarize the Christian life. I also like the wording in the New English Translation: Therefore, be imitators of God as dearly loved children A few years ago there was a big campaign in […]

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